Sharing the News

Last night, Nathan and I had big news to share.


So we invited the parents over:


And they were chatting like normal:


Until they finally noticed our surprise:


And then they were as happy as we are:




This is what they saw:






These are flowers from our wedding, of course… with a little surprise in the wreath:


They were so happy for us!


We got lots of smiles and hugs, and lots of advice for pregnancy being scary after two miscarriages already, and lots of planning for how to care for Emily until this baby is born… including being forbidden from running at the river without a stick or baseball bat.

But that’s what moms are for, the giving of the best advice and celebrating with you even when you are a wee bit anxious.

Yeah, that’s what moms are for.

We told my mom, too.


We debated about whether to announce it at all until after the child was safely born and at least six years old.

With our first pregnancy, news got out early because we didn’t know until the miscarriage, and thought at first it was an ovarian cancer scare, and the second time news got out because mom died.

We needed a normal and healthy announcement that we chose to give, one that wasn’t taken from us in the midst of crisis.

Also, we have met so many who have had miscarriages, and have received so much mail from those who have experienced miscarriage, and so many who fear it is taboo or just not talked about… we feel like we want to be open and sharing, honoring the children we have lost, and authentic to the experience of each individual pregnancy.

So far, this pregnancy looks perfect and could not be going better.

But we are just going to take it one day at a time.

This pregnancy has been very different than the others, and I have been very very sick and very very tired. In some ways it has been worse than the other two pregnancies, but in a good way – worse because we are seriously pregnant. Not like before when I was so sick because something was seriously wrong.

We will see.

We have promises, and trust His timing in them being fulfilled.

We believe there is purpose in all things, and always lessons to learn, so no matter what happens we are still signed up on that plan for eternity.

But today, just for a moment, after a very challenging seven months, everything was good and happy and easy and fun. And that’s ok, too.


About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Sharing the News — 5 Comments

  1. Congratulations! So exciting! You got great pics, especially of Nathan’s mom, wow, what a treasure for you! So happy to hear your news and praying for a full-term wonderfully healthy child. Thankful! Love you both!

  2. That is indeed fantastic news! We look forward to recieving updates of both you and the baby to be’s health. I like the use of “We” in the “We are seriously pregnant;” You’ll have to post pictures if Nathan gets sympathy pregnant.

  3. Wonderful, happy, exciting news. Wow. Thanks for sharing so we can all pray for good things. Congratulations! :)